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I'm having very delayed buyers remorse for this thing as I'm seeing equal performance come out of the 570 and 6970 for over $200 less than what I paid, not to mention being optimized and so much cooler.

So I have two options. I see that these things go for $300 on ebay right now, which I could use to get a 6970 or a 570 for next to no performance loss, better cooling and less power draw, etc.

Or I could just save up money for 3-4 months and pocket the extra change to get a used 480 for $300 or so from here or ebay. What is the best choice right now? This 480 maxes anything I throw at it, but the noise and heat is literally unbearable. My room is so small, and FT02 + 480 are now like a furnace.
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Well if the performance is good enough for you, why not spend $300 on water cooling for your cpu and gpu?
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Well if the performance is good enough for you, why not spend $300 on water cooling for your cpu and gpu?
I'd second this, if you've got a reference 480.

If not, I'd say save up a couple months, sell it, and get a 580 or two 570s depending on your budget. Anything but SLIing 480s, you'd never have use for a heater, but you'd overwork your AC year-round, and I'm not positive a 750w PSU would handle it under load anyways. SLI 570s is over 100w lower than SLI 480s...
If this is to be believed: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A..._Cu_II/21.html
SLI 480s would be closer to 140w more than SLI 570s.... insane.
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I agree put it on water! But not with the power draw! At 1080p with v sync on I draw 600 to 700 watts from the wall with tri sli gtx 480's. If you use v sync you will see a huge drop in power and heat. In my 800d with stock fan setup, and running at 1080p with a tweaked fan profile my cards never went over 75c with 70 to 80% fans. I now have all three on water and just love the performance I get from them. I game at 6100 x 1080 and with v sync on my cards never go over 45c.
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If noise is problem for you get GTX570. I have a GTX580 and with 1.125v OC stock cooler its hit 72C in Crysis 2 with 72% fans speed which is not very loud at all. If i leave it at stock it hit 66C with 55% fans speed.
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post #6 of 8
So, this is not an issue of performance but of noise and heat.

Frankly, going water cannot get rid of the heat as the heat will ultimately be dumped through the radiator by the fans into your room. Your room will still be a furnace, but it will be a more quiet one as watercooling will lower the noise level.

You can alleviate this problem by, say, moving the case nearer to a window and try to vent the heat outside. Or, solve the problem at the most fundamental level by replacing the GTX480 with a GTX570/HD6970/HD6950 (unlocked).
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So, this is not an issue of performance but of noise and heat.

Frankly, going water cannot get rid of the heat as the heat will ultimately be dumped through the radiator by the fans into your room. Your room will still be a furnace, but it will be a more quiet one as watercooling will lower the noise level.

You can alleviate this problem by, say, moving the case nearer to a window and try to vent the heat outside. Or, solve the problem at the most fundamental level by replacing the GTX480 with a GTX570/HD6970/HD6950 (unlocked).
My thinking is a little different than yours. On air the gtx 480 can easily reach temps of 80c+, which on the reference design this heat will be push out of the back of the pc! So you are blowing 80c air into your room. On water the 480 may reach 45 to 50c and your water temp is a little lower than that. So one would think you could of almost 1/2 the hot air temp being pushed into the air? What do you think of that?
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My thinking is a little different than yours. On air the gtx 480 can easily reach temps of 80c+, which on the reference design this heat will be push out of the back of the pc! So you are blowing 80c air into your room. On water the 480 may reach 45 to 50c and your water temp is a little lower than that. So one would think you could of almost 1/2 the hot air temp being pushed into the air? What do you think of that?
Whether it is air cooling or water cooling, (thermal) energy can/will not be destroyed or created (2nd Law of Thermodynamics). So, heat energy has to be dumped into the room sooner or later, one way or another. Air cooling system and typical water cooling system are just ways to transfer the heat, ie a thermal transferal system only. Water cooling gives a lower CPU/GPU temp because it is more efficient in moving the heat out.
(Another way to look at this is to consider the room as a Closed System.)
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